HOT off the press!

The newly released 2022 American Experience Foundation Annual Review shares stories of:

  • Enthusiastic students ready to learn
  • Dedicated educators
  • Professionals and executives generous with their time, expertise and resources

You’ll see people like yourself in this piece. Or, maybe you’ll even see yourself among the hundreds of AEF supporters!

You can help us finish the year strong by:

Thank you for being a part of our story, 

Claire Carlin 
Executive Director, American Experience Foundation 
Vice President, Partnerships & Alliances, Destination DC

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This fall, AEF and Destination DC reinforced the available careers in hospitality at five career fairs and NAF nights at our Academies of Hospitality and Tourism, Culinary Arts and Mass Media. Celebrating college and career development, we were excited to promote our industry to high school students.

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Partner Spotlight Gail Smith-Howard
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After over 40 years at Hyatt, our good friend Gail Smith-Howard, former General Manager Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, has retired. On behalf of everyone at AEF and Destination DC, we wish Gail a happy, relaxing and very well-deserved retirement. We thank her for continued support as an executive committee member of AEF’s Board of Directors.

See what our community has to say about Gail and her commitment to young people in the city of DC. 

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Need some extra help in the upcoming busy spring or summer seasons? What about if it was at no cost to your budget sheet? And all you had to do was invest your time and expertise into a young person?

Discover how Career Bridge and Career Ready Internships can help you and support student development.

Here is what a 2022 Career Bridge partner had to say about their experience,

“It has been a rewarding experience for all of us. We embrace the partnership with AEF in developing new talent with an interest in hospitality to showcase the many career opportunities our hotel has to offer new candidates. We love helping young people build themselves within our industry." - Martha Valenzuela, Director of Sales, AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Downtown 

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In case you missed it connect with AEF
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We hosted a discussion following Destination DC’s annual Marketing Outlook Meeting.

You can view the recording or download the slideshow.

In the webinar, we discussed how you can:

  • Share an experience: Bring students to your attraction, hotel, restaurant or other business and share your story
  • Host an intern: Remember that interns are paid by the city, so only your time and expertise is required
  • Invest in scholars: Donate to the AEF Scholarship Fund

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